Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge
Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovations are responding to COVID-19 with solutions to meet the unique challenges of this pandemic in hard to reach conflict affected and fragile settings.
From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to countering disinformation campaigns, learn how these innovative solutions are supporting the world’s most vulnerable against COVID-19.
Today, more than 168 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Global Affairs Canada, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Our Featured Innovators
Snap Truth to Power
In a time of uncertainty, Sealr restores trust in what we see. Sealr is a mobile app that uses Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to verify and secure imagery from conflict-affected areas, protecting against fakes and enhancing remote collaboration. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way we monitor projects in remote areas: decreasing waste and fraud and putting a powerful accountability tool in the hands of beneficiaries, giving them a more active role in evaluating how their needs are met.
What is Happening Now
The third call for proposals is now closed! Thanks to all who applied. Our team has begun reviewing the applications.
Curious about our review process? Check out the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.
Latest Blog Entries
Canada joins U.S., U.K. and Netherlands to support humanitarian solutions in the world’s most challenging conflict zones
The Humanitarian Grand Challenge Partners announced $3.6M to support 12 new and ground-breaking humanitarian innovations that improve the delivery of essential humanitarian supplies and services in Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
12 new solutions transforming humanitarian response for people affected by war
From monitoring cold-chain of COVID-19 vaccines to addressing PTSD among school children, and locally producing prosthetics for civilians, these innovations are transforming humanitarian response for the hardest-to-reach people in conflict
Medicinal maggots set to save limbs and lives, empower conflict-affected communities
MedMagLabs’ maggot therapy could provide a simple and effective way to treat wounds in the world’s most desperate humanitarian crises, such as Syria and South Sudan. The potential for maggot therapy to improve wound care extends beyond conflict and war to any place where healthcare systems are broken or a sudden influx of casualties overwhelm the capacity of emergency services.
Bold Innovations Helping People in Conflict: The Ideas Behind the Solutions
What if humanitarian organizations and responders could text in their needs in real-time? What if food and medicines could be stored in cold refrigerators, without using any electricity? What if children had access to 3D printed lower-limb prosthetics? What if we had technology to keep water clean and safe for consumption in refugee camps around the world? Innovators supported by Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge are making these ‘what ifs’ a reality.